Rodney and I just returned from one of our church plants in Brussels, Belgium (LifePoint Brussels). We were blessed to worship and fellowship with this body of believers. They are serving faithfully and sharing Christ in this epicenter of people from around the world.5 Leadership Lessons Learned from Millennial Leaders in Belgium Click To Tweet
One night, we joined a small group of believers meeting in a home in the city. The group was made up of millennials from Belgium, New Jersey, Korea, Nigeria, Taiwan, and Australia. It was so beautiful seeing this diverse group dig into scripture and then share prayer needs. After two hours of bible study and prayer, we shared a meal together. Rodney and I were deeply impacted by our time with them. Millennials often have a bad reputation in the church, but we saw firsthand a group of hardworking leaders, passionate about Christ, committed to the church. As we sat around the table together, here are five lessons we learned from these millennials.
1. The world is their home.
While each of them had a story of where they were from, they saw the world as their home. They saw Belgium as their current home, praying and seeking God’s direction for their lives that includes where they live and how they serve. They seemed to have a boundary-less view of the world. Some had already lived in other countries and shared stories of how God had brought them to Belgium. The church had united them for this season and they were family – united in their faith and commitment to Christ and God’s Word.
2. They have courage to lead.
New church plants depend on leaders to step up, and these millennials are doing just that. They lead in worship, lead in small group bible study, lead in sharing their faith with others. Some are new believers, others are growing and maturing in their faith, but all were actively involved and engaged.
3. They are committed to grow.
These leaders have an amazing commitment to learn, to study, to grow, and to develop as believers. Two in the group felt called to full time ministry and were trying to balance seminary classes with work and life. Two university students were working on graduate level studies including final work on a dissertation while also being committed to bible study and the church. All were committed to personal bible study.
4. They eagerly share their lives with each other.
They share their lives, their stories, and their own journeys with people who were once strangers to them but had become a family of faith. They share personal prayer requests together including those they were sharing the gospel with. Many came from families who have rejected the gospel, but still they prayed for them to know Christ. Their stories of faith were real for them and they were eager to share with others.
5. They value fellowship with the church.
This group of millennials are committed to the church. They take ownership in their church. They serve, they share, and they stay actively engaged. They acknowledge that God brought them together through the church. They’re thankful for their local church and thankful to be a part of LifePoint Church in the USA.
Rodney and I are back in Nashville now but some of my heart is still in Belgium and especially with this group of millennials. I pray for them and for LifePoint Brussels. This church has challenged and encouraged me in my own leadership in the place where God has called me.
What are you learning from millennials?